In Depth

  • VDE and First Solar

    PV Talk: First Solar seeks to set new standard in PV power plant performance

    Interviews | By Ben Willis - 23 October 2014, 09:47

    Thin-film manufacturer and utility-scale PV plant developer First Solar revealed one of its projects had become the first of its kind to receive a Quality Tested certification from testing institutes VDE and Fraunhofer ISE. Ben Willis spoke to First Solar and VDE to learn more about the process and its wider implications for the large-scale solar sector.

  • SolarWorld at SPI 2014

    SPI 2014: SolarWorld defiant over trade case

    Editors' Blog | By Ben Willis - 22 October 2014, 09:00 | 1

    The US solar trade case continues to cast a shadow over the buoyant American PV market. Ben Willis spoke to the originators of the case, SolarWorld, at SPI 2014 to see if they stand by their actions.

  • Tesla's Gigafactory artist's impression.

    PV Talk: Why Tesla needs the Gigafactory

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 14 October 2014, 09:41

    Tesla’s much talked about Gigafactory should be up and running in 2017. The Elon Musk-owned EV maker is hoping to use it to produce up to 500,000 battery packs a year by 2020, amounting to around 50GWh. PV Tech Storage spoke with analyst Dean Frankel of Lux Research about the plan.

  • REC

    Latest effective PV capacity trends delay greenfield fab development

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 13 October 2014, 08:55

    How far can existing PV capacity go, in terms of keeping up with end-market growth? This is one of the key issues in terms of capital expenditures and tool suppliers waiting for an uptick in bookings. It is also essential to understand in terms of forecasting end-market demand in 2015, at a time when trade uncertainty and the preference for project financing is keeping new ‘greenfield’ fab build at a minimum.

  • Crystal ball gazing

    Forecasting foibles, GTAT’s travails and Japan’s grid squeeze

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 10 October 2014, 11:21

    From conflicting solar forecasts to Japan’s growing grid issues, PV Tech rounds up another busy week in solar.

  • Mission Solar Energy: New PV star rising over Texas

    Guest Blog | By Sam Martens - 08 October 2014, 16:27 | 2

    In late 2011, Mission Solar Energy made the first of several bold decisions:  build a silicon-based PV manufacturing plant in the US, a market long dominated by thin-film technologies. An even more unusual decision followed to locate the company in San Antonio, Texas, rather than California or Arizona where US solar markets are well established. Then, Mission Solar made the gutsy move to push forward with the development of an n-type monocrystaline silicon based product when the market was being dominated by p-type multicrystaline silicon modules coming out of Asia.

  • aleo solar.

    PV Talk: Aleo solar on why innovation matters most

    Interviews | By Andy Colthorpe - 08 October 2014, 10:47

    Former Bosch subsidiary, the PV module manufacturer aleo solar, was rescued from liquidation in May. Managing director Günter Schulze explains how the company has risen from the nearly-dead and why quality matters more than quantity.

  • Betsy McCorkle NCSEA

    The unlikely solar state interview, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

    Interviews | By Lucy Woods - 07 October 2014, 16:41

    Lobbyist Betsy McCorkle, the NCSEA’s director of government affairs talked to PV Tech about the surprise solar state.

  • Suntech’s saviour speaks as IEA plots PV’s path to world domination

    Friday Focus | By Ben Willis - 03 October 2014, 11:31

    From a rare appearance by one of PV’s biggest investors to the prospects for a revival of large-scale solar in Germany, PV Tech rounds up the week’s biggest solar stories from around the world.

  • npd solarbuzz

    Europe-China module floor price nudges down in Q4’14, but what will happen on 1 January 2015?

    Guest Blog | By Finlay Colville - 30 September 2014, 15:33

    It appears the waiting is over during September 2014 for Chinese suppliers (and all other suppliers of modules to Europe), regarding the minimum import price (MIP) for the 3-month period October to December 2014 (Q4’14).

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